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Litigation over fraud, condo status certificate, took seventeen years

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People who live in condominiums get to enjoy whatever amenities the community provides—fitness facilities, barbeque pits, rooftop gardens, party rooms—as well as what are called the “common elements.” These are the areas owned and shared by all the residents, such as lobbies, hallways, gardens, and parking garages: everything, in short, except the interiors of the individual units. Naturally there are regulations about what residents can and cannot do in the common elements. You have to pick up after your pet dog, for instance, after his evening walkie on the front lawn, or you will hear about it from the condo board or management. You can’t throw a party in the ... Read More »

Toronto building wins prestigious international award

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An international panel headed by no less than three sitting English lords and comprising architects, designers, writers, advertising and public relations people, real estate developers and other industry experts has selected a Toronto building as its Best International Residential High-rise Development of 2014. The building is One Bloor, a project of Great Gulf, now rising at the corner of Yonge and Bloor. The International Property Awards, sponsored by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, are open to residential and commercial property professionals from around the globe. This year more than 2,000 companies took part, from 103 different countries, according to a press release from Great Gulf. It is the “largest, richest and most ... Read More »

Ontario exporters riding wave; oil prices no worry for economy: RBC

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Falling oil prices will give Ontario the boost it needs to lead the country in economic growth in 2015, says the Royal Bank of Canada. This year Ontario “took a step” toward greater growth as exports picked up at an impressive rate, consumers spent more, and the housing market flourished. All of that was enough to deliver 2.3 per cent GDP growth in 2014. RBC now forecasts growth of 3.1 per cent next year, supported by those falling oil prices. “We believe that the recent turnaround in Ontario’s exports is just the beginning of a powerful export-led push that will contribute to the fastest growth that the province has seen ... Read More »

Explain cost differences, get better value, AG tells Infrastructure Ontario

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A few days before Ontario’s Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk released her assessment of the government’s overall performance over the past fiscal year, the president and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Allan O’Dette, wrote a piece in the Huffington Post in which he expressed an opinion about the funding of transit and transportation. How, he wondered, will Ontario’s government find the $29 billion it has promised to invest in this critical area of infrastructure, at a time of fiscal constraint and massive public debt? His unequivocal answer: Alternative Financing and Procurement, or AFP. O’Dette goes on to give a three-point defence of AFP. In brief, it protects the taxpayer; ... Read More »

Gorgeous gardens legacy of fascinating early Toronto family

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Free Christmas Flower Show at historic Allan Gardens opens December 7 In 1841 Toronto, you can be very sure that few residents owned baths with hot and cold running water. Queen Victoria herself had no bathroom at all at Buckingham Palace when she became queen in 1837. Even fewer Toronto residents of that day lived in homes with dining rooms that measured eighteen by twenty-four feet—how many have that even today? Not to mention a library eighteen feet by eighteen, in a columned Greek Revival brick mansion set in a hundred acres of private orchards and gardens. This was Moss Park, the palatial home of William Allan, one of early ... Read More »

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